Friedman, Stuart J.

Stuart J. Friedman
Stuart J. Friedman

Business & Commercial Transactions, Estate Planning & Wealth Preservation, Taxation

Firm: Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP
322 Indianapolis Blvd, Suite 201 Schererville, IN 46375
Phone: (219) 864-5051 / Fax: (219) 864-5052
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Since 1978, Stuart Friedman has concentrated his practice in estate planning and trust administration, including representing closely held corporations and high net worth individuals with complex estate planning needs.

Mr. Friedman has extensive experience in federal estate and income tax matters, and has represented many estates, corporations and individuals in disputes before the Internal Revenue Service and the United States Tax Court.

On behalf of clients in Illinois, Indiana and Florida, he drafts complex wills and trusts, family partnership agreements and charitable trusts, and handles all other aspects of highly sophisticated estate planning.

Also in connection with his estate planning practice, Mr. Friedman drafts corporate buy-sell agreements and represents shareholders in disputed matters involving closely held corporations.

Professional Background

Mr. Friedman joined Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP in April 2009. Previously, he was the Corporate Secretary, Shareholder, Director and name partner of Pinkerton and Friedman, P.C., a Munster, Indiana, law firm where he practiced since 1978.

In 2007 he was certified by the Indiana State Bar Association as an Estate Planning and Administration Specialist.

Bar Admissions

  • Florida
  • Illinois
  • Indiana
  • U.S. Tax Court

Undergraduate School

  • Queens College of the City University of New York (B.A., cum laude, 1974)

Law School

  • University of Miami School of Law (J.D., 1977)
  • University of Miami School of Law (LL.M., Estate Planning, 1978)

Professional Associations:

  • Indiana State Bar Association (Estate Planning and Administration Specialist)
  • Town of Munster, Indiana (Planning Commission, Chairman of the Board of Zoning Appeals, Past Chairman and Current Member)

Awards and Recognitions:

  • Holds a peer review rating from Martindale-Hubbell for ethics and legal ability
  • Received the “Rotarian of the Year” award from the Munster Rotary Club for his work in establishing the Rotary Shelter at Community Park in Munster, Indiana (2007)

Community Involvement:

  • Munster Rotary Club (Board of Trustees, Member and Past President)
  • Temple Beth-El Endowment Fund in Munster, Indiana (Legal Counsel, Served as Secretary and Prior Member of the temple’s Board of Trustees)